Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for over 30 years

Available 24/7

609.345.3300

Former Prosecutor

Now Fighting for You

New Jersey Criminal Defense and DWI attorney
who knows how to navigate the local courts

FORMER PROSECUTOR

NOW FIGHTING FOR YOU.

New Jersey Criminal Defense and DWI attorney who
knows how to navigate the local courts.

RECENT DWI & CRIMINAL DEFENSE RESULTS

STATE v. HENDRICKS — NEW JERSEY MURDER TRIAL — “NOT GUILTY” VERDICT

Mr. Tumelty represented Helena Hendricks, who was charged with first degree murder in Atlantic County Superior Court. The defendant faced a number of additional charges, including armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. At the conclusion of a jury trial that lasted three weeks, the defendant was found “not guilty” of all charges.

Former State Prosecutor

Former Atlantic County Prosecutor

Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Experienced for Over 30 years

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Top DWI/DUI Myths

Top DWI/DUI Myths

If you’re facing a DWI or DUI charge in New Jersey, you’ve probably heard several myths about your rights or what to do now that you’re charged with drunk or otherwise impaired driving. This post addresses some of the top DWI/DUI myths:Continue Reading

Juveniles Tried As Adults

Juveniles Tried As Adults

If an individual younger than 18 years old commits a crime in New Jersey, it is called a “juvenile crime.” The minor individual may face legal consequences in a New Jersey juvenile court.Continue Reading

Skilled Atlantic City Attorney Fights DWI with Accident Offenses throughout New Jersey


If you get caught driving while intoxicated, it goes without saying that you are going to have to answer for it in court. If convicted you will likely lose your license and more. However, if you also injure someone during the process, the stakes will be even higher. DWI with accident charges are very serious and require the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney with extensive experience in this particular area. DWI with an accident that causes serious injury can quickly escalate to an Assault by Auto charge, which is a crime in the third degree. If the accident occurred in a school zone, it gets even worse. You could end up being charged with a second degree crime and spending 10 years in a maximum security prison. As you can see, small variations in circumstances can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Do not try to go it alone.

The simple fact that you caused an accident when you were driving drunk will make the judge look more harshly on your DWI charges, whether or not serious injury occurred. If you are facing DWI with accident charges, it is essential that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney without delay. Attorney John W. Tumelty is a former prosecutor who knows how the other side thinks. He will put that knowledge and his more than 30 years of experience handling all types of criminal cases, from traffic violations to murder, to work for you. He will fight hard to protect your rights and keep you out of jail.

Criminal Defense Lawyer Defends Your DWI with Accident Offense in Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May Counties and Across New Jersey

In this country alone, 40 percent of auto-related injuries are caused by an intoxicated driver. The most common reason? Falling asleep at the wheel while intoxicated. Many of these accidents are fatal for either the intoxicated driver or others in the car, or in another vehicle. A list of common DWI accidents is below:

  • Falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing or running off the road
  • Rear-ending a car because of inability to correctly perceive distance
  • Hitting a car in the other lane because of difficulty remaining in one lane
  • Not noticing signage; most commonly not yielding when supposed to and driving into oncoming traffic

It is also not uncommon for intoxicated drivers to purposely take back roads in an attempt to avoid other cars. These back roads tend to be darker and more wooded. For this reason, many DWI accidents occur when the intoxicated driver runs into a tree, telephone pole, barn or house.

The first thing a skilled attorney will do when reviewing your case is to determine if your Constitutional rights were violated during the process. If your rights were violated, some or all of the evidence may be thrown out, resulting in a dismissal of your case. If the evidence is admissible, there is also the possibility of alternative sentencing options, such as the Pre-Trial Intervention program (PTI) which provides rehabilitation services rather than jail time. Mr. Tumelty has significant experience with DWI cases and his experience as a former prosecutor gives him valuable insight into their tactics. He knows how to get charges reduced, or even dismissed. If it looks like your case is going to trial, Mr. Tumelty knows how to position you to achieve the best possible outcome.

If You’ve Been Charged with DWI Involving an Accident, Contact John W. Tumelty Today

When your driving privileges and freedom are on the line, you need a seasoned DWI criminal defense lawyer who understands these charges and how to beat them. He will use his 30 years of experience to skillfully and aggressively fight your charges. Mr. Tumelty serves clients in Cape May, Brigantine, Margate, Longport, Ventnor, Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean Township and throughout New Jersey. Contact him today for a consultation by phone or in one of his three offices in Atlantic City, Marmora or Somers Point, NJ.

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Atlantic County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
1 S. NEW YORK AVENUE, SUITE 212
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401

609.345.3300

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
1616 PACIFIC AVENUE, SUITE 318
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ 08401

609.385.4010

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
1555 ZION ROAD, SUITE 203
NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225

609.435.1435

Cape May County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
539 SOUTH SHORE ROAD
MARMORA, NJ 08223

609.390.4600

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
3318 SIMPSON AVENUE
OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226

609.385.4221

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
100 E RIO GRANDE AVE
WILDWOOD, NJ 08260

609.277.2786

Areas We Serve

Atlantic County Offices

Cape May County Offices

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
539 SOUTH SHORE ROAD
MARMORA, NJ 08223

609.390.4600 Get Directions

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
3318 SIMPSON AVENUE
OCEAN CITY, NJ 08226

609.385.4221 Get Directions

ATTORNEY JOHN W. TUMELTY
CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER
100 E RIO GRANDE AVE
WILDWOOD, NJ 08260

609.277.2786 Get Directions

Seasoned criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty has three conveniently located offices in Atlantic City, Somers Point and Marmora, NJ. He serves clients in Atlantic, Ocean, Gloucester and Cape May counties and the Jersey Shore, including: Absecon, Atlantic City, Avalon, Cape May, Dennis Township, Egg Harbor Township, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Linwood, Lower Township, Margate, Middle Township, Northfield, Ocean City, Pleasantville, Sea Isle City, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Upper Township, Ventnor and Wildwood.